How A Black Woman Funded The Year’s Best Movie About White Men

Right now, Kimberly Steward is one for one. Manchester by the Sea, the first narrative feature film she's ever produced, was a Sundance standout this year, and — for any young producer in Hollywood — that's a pretty good record. For a Black woman producer, it's practically unheard of. But she saw something when she first picked up the script for Manchester that made her want to help bring it to screen, so she helped Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, and director Kenneth Lonergan make it happen. That turned out to be a fortuitous move, and the proof is in the Oscar buzz.